We are doomed musically. Save your old cassettes, CDs and the few memories that you have of old music because it is downhill from here.
I am working for 20 marks on this topic: Is old music better than todays? Or better put does nostalgia of not paying bills, scheduled nap time, washed well-pressed clothes and family trips paid by parents, etc make us consider the music we used to listen to then more beautiful than the new.
My simple answer would have been: music of today many of the lyrics have no real depth to them anymore either. Lots of mainstream artists don’t even write their own. The music is repetitive, and the lyrics sometimes involve swearing or the typical thought that every song has to be about love. Many of the lyrics have no real depth to them anymore either. Lots of mainstream artists don’t even write their own, etc.
But that would not be worth 20 marks would it?
Music is one manifestation of the human’s incessant need to communicate with his fellows, it expresses the inner states of one individual to another or that of a group to another group. While it is being performed, performer and listener share in this expression of feelings. We usually attempt to define what we call music in terms of the way it is manifested in our own particular culture.
I have a musical friend who shocked me by saying that our generation does not have bass singers. Apparently, it is hard to find a man who can sing bass, the most he can do is the tenor. He even goes ahead and says that the bass can be removed from the notes and no one will notice. The days spent listening to Il Divo seem more blissful.
Think about how a particular mood is enhanced when we add music. When we feel good the music can make it feel even better. When we feel bad, the music can help to pull us into another frame of mind. At times the wrong music can even make the mood worse, sadder, more morose. Sometimes the sound of it, particularly when it’s not what we want to hear, can drive us almost mad. In any case, we can all accept that it has a powerful effect on us at times.
We cannot speak about our change of music without our change of communication, if we agree that music is one way we communicate as humans, then something must have changed. Some say it is the change or the assimilation of different cultures. Today, we have forces that seem to be working toward a globalization of musical tastes. Iif we look across cultures and even looking within any one, there still exist a great diversity of forms, styles, and traditions of music. Change has always been a factor in culture, but today, with the increasing effectiveness of media and communication, the world is saturated with cultural information and it is rare to find human societies that are even relatively untouched by it. Change brought about by contact between groups is part of the process by which culture evolves, adapts and accommodates
I am not a declinist. Neither are my friends. But very much nostalgic. Because nostalgic experiences rarely reoccur, we are motivated to savor them by prolonging the time we reminisce about them.
My conclusion to answer all this change of music will be tied to who were are as individuals. Music has not changed, our way of communication has changed, we as people have changed. We chose not to listen to the songs we used to listen to. We want to be trendy by ditching what we loved just to fit in. It won’t hurt to listen to Beyonce’s Survivor if you don’t like the new…..mmmmhhh…… what’s her latest song called? (Someone update me) it is still out there.
We are second-hand people. We have lived on what we have been told, either guided by our inclinations, our tendencies, or compelled to accept by circumstances and environment. We are the result of all kinds of influences, and there is nothing new in us, nothing that we have discovered for ourselves: nothing original, pristine, clear. Jiddu Krishnamurti
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